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14 Apr, 2012

Scotland To US Visitors: Head For Olympics via Glasgow, Edinburgh


EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Scotland is the ideal destination for visitors to the UK this summer.  If you’re seeking an alternative to the London Olympics you need look no further than Scotland, and the many fantastic direct routes on offer to both Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Visitors can take advantage of the fantastic direct routes to Scotland from the US, with United flights from New York and US Airways flights from Philadelphia. There are also great routes from New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Denver and Seattle on Icelandair from $750 & up.

Scotland can also make your money go further with some great deals and offers throughout the country.  The Edinburgh Pass from just $46, a four-day Edinburgh Festivals experience from just $579, over 340 galleries and museums free to visit; and 5 rounds of golf at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, from $157 with the First in Fife golf pass.  These are just some of the fantastic value offers currently available throughout Scotland.

Scotland also celebrates the Year of Creative Scotland throughout 2012, meaning there are a whole host of creative events to enjoy and attractions to explore all year round.  Edinburgh’s Speed of Light takes place in August with a mass participation event that will fuse sport and culture during the world renowned Edinburgh Festivals, while internationally acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel will perform in the shadow of Stirling Castle in June. Outside Scotland’s cities, events such as the Wigtown Book Festival and Hebridean Celtic Festival provide more intimate settings for visitors to get up close and personal with writers, artists and performers.

Scotland also offers a range of fantastic creative packages throughout the Year of Creative Scotland, none more so than Rabbie’s Trail Burners West Coast Photography Tour – ‘Scotland in Slow Motion’, featuring the dramatic mountain scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands and stunning seascapes and sunsets of the West Coast. All for only $469 for the tour plus four nights accommodation from just $55 per night.  Tours depart from Edinburgh on selected dates in May, June, September and October.

BritRail are also offering a fantastic Freedom of Scotland pass valid for 6 months from date of purchase, available from April 17th to May 18th, 2012 inclusive.  Customers can select a first date of travel, up to 6 months from the purchase date, from just $195 for adults and $98 for children.

In honor of Scotland Week, BritRail is joining in the celebrations with an exciting promotion! Get an extra travel day for free when you purchase a BritRail Freedom of Scotland Travelpass between April 9th and May 10th, 2012.

Throughout the Year of Creative Scotland visitors can also take advantage of:

Edinburgh Pass

With free entry to over 30 top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, free comprehensive guidebook as well as loads of exclusive offers, the Edinburgh Pass is the best way to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer.  Adult passes are from $46, while child passes start at $28.

Heritage Pass

Discover 5000 years of history with one pass.  The seven-day Scottish Heritage Pass offers fantastic value for money, allowing access to over 120 top historic attractions.  Historic Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and selected members of The Historic Houses Association Scotland have joined forces to create the Scottish Heritage Pass, which includes a host of ‘must-see’ heritage attractions all over Scotland– including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culzean Castle, Urquhart Castle,Traquair House, Mount Stuart, and Stirling Castle, all for $64 for adults, $51 for seniors and $37 for children.



All throughout the year Scotland also offers the chance to visit 340 museums and galleries completely free of charge, from Glasgow’s magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery to Robert Burns House in Dumfries and Edinburgh’s newly reopened National Museum and newly reopened National Portrait Gallery.



If you prefer golf then Scotland’s Home of Golf, the Kingdom of Fife, is offering 3 rounds of golf from just $100 or 5 rounds from $157, with 12 courses in total to choose from, including Pitreavie and Aberdour Golf Courses and the recently added Elmwood Golf Course, home of the world famous greenkeeping college.  The Golfpass can be used any time from April 1 to October 31, 2012.


For more information visit www.cometoscotland.com